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Thursday, Sep 18 2014 | 12:29
Image: 1592348 When K-Def mentioned to his friends at Redef that he knew
pioneering producer 45 King, it led to two questions: “What
is he up to and when can we work with him?” The 45 King
was only a phone call and a 10 minute drive away. After
initiating the recording session, K immediately went into
A&R mode to complete “Back to the Beat,” an instrumental
exhibition that features the two producers trading ideas.
During the last several years, K-Def has arguably proven
to be the hardest working man in the production business,
consistently releasing at least 4 albums of brand new
conceptual material annually. From working under Marley
Marl in the early 90’s to producing for P. Diddy in the late
2000’s, K-Def’s career has eclipsed two decades, but it was
a man by the name of DJ Mark the 45 King who inspired K
years before his professional career began. The 45 King has
been behind some the biggest names in hip-hop and beyond,
from Gangstarr, Eric B & Rakim, to Jay-Z, Eminem and
even Madonna.
Conceptually, it is not the first release of it’s kind as some
may remember 45 King collabs with Louie Louie or the
T.C.S. in the late 80’s/ early 90’s. Sonically, the album is
composed of 2 personalities that communicate, compliment
and compete while the audience is engaged. 45 King leads
the show while K-Def is his lead soloist. In pure form,
both identities are on display showcasing the technicality
in simplicity taking a “crawl before you walk” approach.
In the immortal words of T. La Rock, Redefinition Records
is proud to present “Back to the Beat”. There’s more than
enough hard drums and catchy samples to live up to the title.
Thank you K-Def for making history in 2014 with the 45
King.

1. Jaguar
2. Back The The Basics
3. Leopard
4. Taste
5. Lion
6. Wasting Time
7. Tiger
8. Can You Feel It
9. Chances Taken
10. Cheetah
11. Bob Cat Lude Available from 10.10.2014
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